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Race Rules

I/We understand and agree to the rules established for Red Bull Defiance. I/We agree to wear the event race bib throughout the event and to not cover the sponsors branding. I/We acknowledge that Red Bull Defiance is being filmed/photographed and content is being developed for the use of sponsors and Red Bull Defiance to leverage on an on-going basis. I/We accept that by entering Red Bull Defiance I/we agree to my/our image being captured and this will be at no cost to the sponsors and I accept emails from sponsors regarding their services. I understand that participation in this contest is at my own risk and I accept full responsibility for my wellbeing during the event. 

1.1. Red Bull Defiance Wanaka is an adventure race including the following events: X1 (solo), X2 (tandem pair racing at all times) and X4 (team of four with two persons racing at any time).
1.2. X1 has X1 Male and X1 Female categories. X2 has X2 Premiere Mixed, X2 Male and X2 Female categories. X4 has a X4 Mixed category (all male and all female teams are permitted to race but only Mixed teams qualify for placing and prizes).
1.3. The Event consists of a two-day, multi-stage adventure race, involving different sporting disciplines.

1.4. Disciplines include, but are not restricted to: Running, Mountain Biking, Kayaking, Canoeing, Abseiling and other activities.

1.5. Each day of the Event follows a set, marked Course with Teams changing through varying disciplines at designated Transition Areas.

1.6. X1 solos & X4 teams self supported. X2 tandems race unsupported and are provided with Duffle Bags containing mandatory equipment needed for each Stage of the Event. Duffle Bags will be transported by the Event Officials to designated Transition Areas. Duffle Bags will be returned to Teams at the end of Day 1 so that they may be repacked, ready for transportation to the beginning of Day 2.

1.7. Teams must provide items of Mandatory Equipment that will be used on certain stages of the race. A complete list of all mandatory equipment can be found at: https://defiance.events/resources-nz/equipment-nz/.

1.8. X1, X2 and X4 categories will commence Day 1 on a staggered basis. 

1.9. Day 2 will commence as a mass start for all categories.

1.10. All competitors are responsible for their own transport to Race HQ and race starts on Day 1 and Day 2.

1.11. Teams must stay together (within 100m) at all times and complete all stages of the Event within the time allowed to qualify as a ‘finisher’. No substitutions of team members (X4) are permitted during a stage at any time. If an X2 team member elects to exit the Event at any time, for any reason, that team must withdraw from the Event. 

1.12. No competitor or team is to receive any support outside of dedicated Transition Areas and start/finish.

1.14. Winning teams, for all divisions, will be determined on the bases of lowest combined time over both days.

1.15. Event Officials reserve the right to impose time penalties or disqualify teams for any breaches of the Rules, contained within the Rule Book.
1.16. English is the official language of Red Bull Defiance.

2.1. X1 solos must have a support crew for the race. This is restricted to a maximum of 2 people and 1 vehicle. Official signage will be provided for the support crew vehicle which will permit access into Transition Areas. The support crew vehicle must be capable of carrying a bike and kayak around the course. 

2.2. X2 tandems are supported by the event organisers who will transport all duffle bags, equipment, kayaks and canoes around the course. Equipment and duffle bags must be packed and dropped with event staff the day prior to each racing start. 

2.3. X4 teams self support and must bring a vehicle for the race. Two persons are racing at any time and the other two will travel in the vehicle, with related equipment, between the stages to Transition Areas. Kayaks and canoes for X4 teams will be transported by the organisers so vehicles do not require kayak cradles.

2.4. Support of any kind may only be provided in dedicated Transition Areas and at the start and finish. X2 tandems are not permitted to receive any outside assistance, other than that provided by the organisers,  at any time.

2.5. All Transition Areas will be manned by Event Officials and times will be electronically recorded at each area.

3.1. No responsibility is taken by Red Bull New Zealand, 100% PURE Racing, Techtonic Ltd, third party suppliers or sponsors for any loss or damaged property of competitors, assistants, friends or supporters during Red Bull Defiance. In completing an Entry Form and signing the Acknowledgement Waiver & Release, the competitor accepts full responsibility for the risks entailed in competing in Red Bull Defiance. Competitors and support should have their own personal insurance policies to cover against injury and equipment losses. 
3.2. The Event takes place in the mountains, on rivers, public roads and surrounding environments. Much of the course travels through wilderness areas where rescue or evacuation could take some time. Individuals and Teams must take personal responsibility for their own safety, make good decisions and are required to carry the Mandatory Equipment at all times.

4.1. Event Officials reserve the right to disqualify or impose time penalties on any competitor for disregarding Race Rules, not carrying Mandatory Equipment and failure to uphold the spirit of the event. 
4.2. Rules are enforced for athlete safety and to create a fair Event. Competitors are encouraged to abide by the rules and the spirit in which they are written. Any Team found disregarding the specified rules or purposely changing the interpretation of rules for their benefit may be disqualified.
4.3. As a general rule, time penalties will be added to finish times and Teams will not be required to wait out a time penalty.

5.1. Any Team who wishes to make a complaint about an infringement must do so in writing via email (info@defiance.events) including any supporting evidence (photos/videos), within 24hrs of the completion of the event. Red Bull Defiance decisions regarding the complaint are final.

6.1. In the case of withdrawal of an Individual competitor, or an entire Team, Event Officials must be notified by the quickest means possible. Teams who decide to withdraw should make their way to the closest Transition Area and talk to an Event Official. 
6.2. Athletes or Teams evacuated from any part of the course by helicopter, boat or vehicle, must report to an Event Official immediately on arrival to a safe location. 
6.3. If an athlete is seriously injured, the Team mate or a passing competitor, must notify Event Officials as soon as practicable. 
6.4. Any Individual/Team that does not complete a stage (this includes failure to meet cut-off times) will be automatically disqualified and cannot continue on subsequent stages. An exclusion to this rule exists on Day 1 - Stage 3 Run. Teams who fail to beat this cut off will be permitted to start Day 2 but will be ranked on a short course leader board.

7.1. iPods, MP3 Players, drones, personal audio devices and headphones, etc. are not allowed to be used during the race and will result in disqualification.

8.1. The Red Bull Defiance course travels across various properties owned and managed both privately and publicly by the Crown or State.

8.2. Red Bull Defiance has been granted permission and consent to operate a Multisport Event on this land. The conditions for use outlined in these consents must be adhered to.
8.3. Individuals and Teams are welcome/encouraged to visit public land for training purposes. However, no access should be sought on any privately-owned land prior to the Event. Competitors must not harm, approach or interfere with any stock, native fauna and flora.

8.4. At all times stock and farm vehicles have right of way.

9.1. If an Individual or Team is found to be littering they will be disqualified immediately.

10.1. Even if a road closure is in place, normal road rules apply throughout - KEEP LEFT. You must give way to any medic or support vehicle on course. If they are approaching from your immediate front or rear, please move to the side and let them pass. 

11.1. Athletes who have advised us of a medical condition on the entry form are required to have an emergency action plan. This plan will assist athletes to manage any serious/life threatening conditions. Individuals and Teams must carry all appropriate medication to self-manage any such incident. Athletes are required to inform their Team Mates of any medical conditions well in advance of the start. 
11.2. Where Event Officials act to remove a person from the Event due to medical or safety reasons, this decision is final.
11.3. Intravenous Fluids (IV) may only be administered by approved medical staff. Any administration of IV fluids by anyone other than race medical staff will result in immediate disqualification of the Individual and Team. The continuation of any athlete after the administration of IV fluids is at the discretion of Event Officials and medical team.
11.4. Individuals and Teams who come across someone who is in a genuine emergency situation, MUST stop and give assistance. Event Officials will attempt to re-credit lost time where possible.
11.5. If an Individual or Team is First on Scene of an emergency, please stop and assist the injured/distressed competitor & gather as much information as possible. First on Scene is encouraged to contact HQ via mobile phone or YB Tracking device. 
11.6. Next on Scene: Talk to First on Scene, then proceed to the nearest radio (Aid Station/Medic/4WD/Tail End Charlie/Event Official) to report the situation so expert help can be requested on the scene ASAP.

12.1. Instruction by Event Officials to competitors must be followed. Failure to follow instructions may lead to disqualification or time penalties.
12.2. Negative behaviour towards Event Officials, staff, volunteers and the public will not be tolerated, and may lead to disqualification.

13.1. Should a helicopter approach, competitors are to follow the directions indicated by the crew. Do not approach the helicopter until instructed or signalled. If the helicopter approaches, do not move away from it. Never, under any circumstances go to the rear of the helicopter – remain in full view of the pilot and crew.

14.1. A mountain bike and gear check will take place at registration. Individuals and Teams must ensure that bikes and equipment are in excellent working order before arriving at the event. Carry all mandatory gear as outlined and know how to use it.
14.2. Remain in control at all times, especially on steep downhill sections. Out of control riders are a hazard to themselves and others.
14.3. Due to the nature of the course, it is strongly recommended your brake pads have less than 25% wear. Disc rotors of 140mm are acceptable but 160mm or greater are recommended.
14.4. Front and rear lights must be illuminated at night (Day 2 early in the morning). 

15.1. X1 solos must provide their own kayaks for the Event (see Mandatory Equipment for specific requirements). X2 tandems and X4 teams will be supplied a double kayak for use throughout the Event (X2 kayak on Day 1 and X4 kayak on Day 2).

15.2. All X1 solos require a current (no more than 5 years old) Grade 2 Kayak Certificate by the 1st of March 2020. X2 tandems require at least one person in the team to hold a current (no more than 5 years old) Grade 2 Kayak Certificate by the 1st of March 2020. X4 teams must have at least one person on any kayak stage with a current (no more than 5 years old) Grade 2 Kayak Certificate by the 1st of March 2020.
15.3. Non-certified X2 and X4 competitors, who kayak with their certificated team mate, must ensure that they have river safety skills appropriate for a Grade 2 river. They must be able to recognise and understand hazards associated with kayaking, including broaching, strainers and foot entrapment.   
15.4. No Kites, sails, umbrellas or other methods of wind assistance are permitted.
15.5. Individuals and Teams should be aware of other water users. Power boats must give way to vessels powered by paddles. If a power boat is approaching you from directly ahead, then both must turn to starboard (right) – do this early to avoid confusion.
15.6. If you are in difficulty on the water, then you can use your whistle which should be attached to a lanyard on your PFD (one blast = ‘attention – possible emergency’: three blasts = ‘Help – emergency’). Alternatively, raise your paddle in the air to attract attention. 
15.7. Red Bull Defiance supports Biosecurity in the attempt to stop the spread of aquatic pests throughout New Zealand's streams, rivers, canals, lakes and sea. All kayak equipment and shoes must be cleaned to biosecurity standards after Red Bull Defiance. 

16.1. Individuals and Teams must follow route markers and stick to the assigned/marked track. No short cuts or taking alternative routes. Teams must remain within 100 meters of the route at all times. 
16.2. Teams must not be more than 100 meters apart and within ‘line of sight’ of each other throughout the race.
16.3. Competitors must use stiles wherever possible do not open or close gates and obey marshal’s instructions.
16.4. Appropriate running gear must be worn and carried, this is the responsibility of the competitors.

17.1. X1 solos do not use a canoe at Red Bull Defiance. X2 tandems and X4 teams will be supplied a double canoe for use throughout the Event (X2 kayak on Day 2 and X4 kayak on Day 1).

17.2. X2 tandems require at least one person in the team to hold a current (no more than 5 years old) Grade 2 Kayak Certificate by the 1st of March 2020. X4 teams must have at least one person on any kayak stage with a current (no more than 5 years old) Grade 2 Kayak Certificate by the 1st of March 2020.
17.3. Non-certified X2 and X4 competitors, who kayak with their certificated team mate, must ensure that they have river safety skills appropriate for a Grade 2 river. They must be able to recognise and understand hazards associated with kayaking, including broaching, strainers and foot entrapment.   
17.4. No Kites, sails, umbrellas or other methods of wind assistance are permitted.
17.5. Individuals and teams should be aware of other water users. Power boats must give way to vessels powered by paddles. If a power boat is approaching you from directly ahead, then both must turn to starboard (right) – do this early to avoid confusion.
17.6. If you are in difficulty on the water, then you can use your whistle which should be attached to a lanyard on your PFD (one blast = ‘attention – possible emergency’: three blasts = ‘Help – emergency’). Alternatively, raise your paddle in the air to attract attention. 
17.7. Red Bull Defiance supports Biosecurity in the attempt to stop the spread of aquatic pests throughout New Zealand's streams, rivers, canals, lakes and sea. All canoe equipment and shoes must be cleaned to biosecurity standards after Red Bull Defiance. 

18.1. Event Officials reserve the right to introduce other 'mystery' activities throughout Red Bull Defiance. Any activities that require specific skills will be outlined to competitors in advance of the event start. 

19.1. No spectators to provide support at any time to competitors.
19.2. Spectators should be aware that much of the course passes over private land. Please respect the privacy of landowners and do not trespass any areas to view teams. Spectators should also be aware that parking at certain Transition Areas can be limited and that priority will always be given to staff, support crews, media vehicles first. Spectators must not park on public road verges in a way that can obstruct traffic flows or create pedestrian blockages on pathways. 

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